Week 14: June 14, 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
Pride and Juneteenth Edition
With the many upcoming events to commemorate Pride and Juneteenth, we will hold off of our usual format of newsletter and encourage everybody to attend these campus sponsored events.

Stream Cured June 12-18 with Virtual Panel Discussion on June 17th at 6 PM CURED has been described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review) and “astonishingly rich ... one of the best documentaries of this or any year" (British Film Institute). This award-winning documentary chronicles the battle waged by a small group of LGBTQ+ activists who declared war against a formidable institution, the American Psychiatric Association, and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Thanks to the efforts of these activists, homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

Virtual Panel Discussion On Thursday, June 17th at 6 pm Join us for a discussion about CURED moderated by Dr. Arthur Kornitsky and featuring the film's co-director, Bennett Singer; activist and film interviewee, Rev. Magora Kennedy; retired Boston psychiatrist and film interviewee, Dr. Richard Pillard; Nebraska State Senator, Megan Hunt and UNMC Director of Inclusion and psychiatrist, Dr. Sheritta Strong.

Human Resources Presents: Race Conversations and the Urgency of Now on June 16 1-2:30 PM We all know that the unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. Similarly, organizations and thought leaders are beginning to appreciate and harness this deeper understanding of how our cultures help shape the automatic decisions that we make every moment of our lives and the profound impact that this phenomenon has on our personal and profes­sional lives. This session will focus on laying the foundation for increased understanding of racial differences and how to implement inclusion practices. This session is facilitated by James E. Wright, PHR, SHRM-CP, CDR.

JUBILEE: Celebrating Juneteenth and the History of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 18th 1-2 PM The UNMC/NM AABA (African-American Black Alliance) / IAMHOME have collaborated to bring Dr. Cynthia Robinson to discuss Freedom Day: Celebrating Juneteenth and the History of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Juneteenth Food Celebration: Support local Black-owned businesses as we celebrate Juneteenth
  • June 17th – Jille Dawgz at Village Point and Taste of Heaven at Main Campus
  • June 18th– Smokin' Gunz Barbecue at DRC & Wilby's Comfort at Davis Global Center (pre-order info on AABA channel) 
  • June 18th Bellevue Medical Center Special cafeteria menu in lieu of a food truck

#DEI Celebrate Freedom T Shirts. The Company Store is offering new unisex T Shirts that celebrate our journey to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. They’re available now for a limited time. Be sure to get yours in time to wear on Friday, June 18, to celebrate Juneteenth. These can also be worn on any Friday, as part of Wear Red Fridays.  

2021 Pride T-shirts: Special allowance has been made to wear the 2021 Pride T-shirt on Fridays in June in honor of PRIDE month. If you pre-ordered a shirt, it is now available for pickup at the Company Store or UNMC Bookstore.

Free Pronoun pins/buttons: The UNMC and Nebraska Medicine LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance is excited to offer pronoun buttons to individuals who wish to share their pronouns. Wearing a pronoun button makes your pronouns explicit and helps normalize asking and talking about them, as opposed to assuming or guessing.
Get your pins at:
  • UNMC Office of Inclusion's Inclusion Corner (Level 6, McGoogan Health Science Library)
  • Nebraska Medicine Human Resources (Kiewit Tower)
  • UNMC Human Resources (40th St and Dewey Avenue)